Have I mentioned that I really hate the institution of instant replay in Major League Baseball?!?
The New York Mets and their Ace from Gotham did what they needed to do, not let losses pile up. A big benefit from having two dominating pitchers in deGrom and Harvey back-to-back in the rotation. This was a big game for the Mets, early in the season, to see their mental makeup and how they would respond to their first loss after 11 straight wins yesterday. They not only got the W, they bounced back from yesterday’s loss in a very big way. They showed the Yankees that they too could hit homeruns out of this little league ballpark, in fact they hit 3 of them (Duda, Campbell, Plawecki).
Matt Harvey was downright dominant this afternoon going to 4-0 (8.2IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 7SO, 107P). He was sitting mid to high 90’s with the fastball (hitting 98 in the 9th), low 90’s with the slider and had great movement on his changeup, actually on all of his pitches. His first run against came thanks to poor, head-up-his-butt, defense from Murphy when he forgot to cover first on a bunt. His second run was a no doubt homer from Teixeira off of a 97 MPH fastball. Harvey was able to keep the pitch count down, get his strikeouts, along with easy one to two pitch outs along the way en route the win and his longest start of the season.
Kevin Plawecki had his first big moment in the big leagues, and no better place to do it than in Yankee Stadium, against the cross town rivals. He hit a line drive that left the field in a hurry for his first homerun and first two RBI’s of the season. In his next at-bat he tied his career mark with his second hit of the game and added his third RBI of the afternoon. If he continues to show this type of hitting ability, there will be plenty to discuss when Travis d’Arnaud is close to returning to action.
Juan Lagares, containing to be shuffled up and down the lineup, had his best day at the plate of the young season, and maybe even his career. Lagares finished the afternoon a perfect 4-4 at the dish, including an RBI triple with 3 runs scored and an average that now sites at .296. While we have all been spoiled by his abilities in the outfield, his bat control and improving ability to make contact and go the other way should be leaving all Mets fans salivating for more. If he can become a consistent average hitter and improve his eye at the plate, Mr. Juanderful could become quite the star in New York for years to come.